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The Cavalier Classic Is a Wrap at HITS Culpeper

Agustin Rosales and CAPELIUS. Photo Courtesy of ESI Photography.

Agustin Rosales Soars to First and Second in the Open Prix; Dominique Damico Jumps to First in the Devoucoux Hunter Prix

Exhibitors jumped into another week of Show Jumping Competition at HITS Commonwealth Park to wrap up the July series of the circuit in Culpeper, Virginia. With trees and flowers blooming and beautiful sunny weather, the two-week HITS Culpeper July Series were just what exhibitors were hoping for.

“It’s been a nice two weeks for me in Culpeper,” said Gavin Moylan, owner, trainer, and rider at Meadowville Farm, based in Middleburg, Virginia and Wellington, Florida. “I won the Devoucoux Hunter Prix last week and the Johnson Horse Transportation Prix this week, so I practiced all the disciplines!” he continued. “I have a new group of horses and this was a great place to bring them to get them started jumping some bigger classes. The footing is great – even better this week than last. Rian Beals (Technical Coordinator) does a nice job running things outside and is easy to work with.”

Pam Baker, owner and trainer at her Hillcrest Farm in Bealeton, Virginia, had a successful two weeks with her clients, and expressed her appreciation of the shows. “I’ve always loved Culpeper – of course I’ve been showing here decades! Now that the footing has been redone I think Culpeper is one of the best facilities in the country.” Pam is also a fan of the Quiche breakfast special served on Saturday mornings at the restaurant. “I wish they had quiche on Sunday too! It’s SO good!”

Melissa Rundershausen and CHARMEUR ASK soared into the Cavalier Classic with a win in the $5,000 Open Welcome Jumper on Wednesday, securing the first place ribbon.

On Friday, Gavin Moylan would capture the blue ribbon in the $10,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Prix aboard DON FERNANTES Z in a time of 38.347. Taking home the second place ribbon was Lucy Matz and CARDELLA in a time of 38.360, followed by Agustin Rosales and CAPELIUS S in third with a time of 39.291. Dominique Damico would take home the fourth and fifth place ribbons aboard WOODSTOCK O and DORELLA HBC, respectively. Damico finished with times of 40.036 and 40.260.

Shelly Zimmerli and GUMMI VAN OZ captured a win in the $2,500 Pyranha Jr/A-O/Am 1.20m Jumper Classic with a time of 41.216.

Taking home top honors in the $5,000 Summit Joint Performance Jr/A-O/Am 1.30m Jumper Classic with a time of 43.228 was Ginny Gale and EVENSONG.

Tamara Morse and RAVENNA ADELHEID Z soared to a first place finish in the $7,500 Jr/A-O/Am 1.40m Jumper Classic in a time of 41.286.

Taking home top honors in the $20,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Open Prix at the Cavalier Classic was Rosales and CAPELIUS S in a time of 39.236. Rosales also captured the second place ribbon aboard AVALON in a time of 41.862. Alex Matz rode to a third place finish aboard CASHEW CR in a four-fault time of 41.762. Ashley Foster would round out the top five, taking home both the fourth and fifth place ribbons aboard DALIANTE M and LUMINOUS, respectively. Foster jumped to her placings with a four-fault time of 49.645 for fourth and an eight-fault time of 53.620 for fifth.

In the Hunter Rings, riders were looking to qualify for the HITS Championship that takes place September 5-9 at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York. HITS Culpeper features the $1,500 Devoucoux and $1,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix each week, which are the respective qualifying classes for the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Finals and the Platinum Performance $100,000 Hunter Prix Finals.

To go along with her successes in the jumper ring, Damico jumped to a win in the $1,500 Devoucoux Hunter Prix aboard NEMESIS 11 with a score of 84 in Round One and 82 in Round Two for a combined score of 166 to secure top honors. Taking home the red ribbon in the Hunter Prix was Sara Taylor aboard EXCELLENT with scores of 86 and 78 in her two rounds, adding up to a total score of 164. Rounding out the top three in the Prix was Katie McAfee and CAPPUCCINO. McAfee scored an 87 in the first round, the highest of those competing, and a 75 in the second round putting her in third with a two round total of 162.

Taking home the top honors in the $1,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix was Catherine Black and HEADLINES with scores of 77 and 84 for a combined score of 161. Second place was Jakob Kronenwetter and EYEWITNESS scoring a 75 in Round One and 72 in Round Two for an overall score of 147. Lauren Miller would round out the top three in the Junior/Amateur Prix aboard FERNHILL STARBOY with a two round total of 134. Miller scored a 65 in the first round and a 69 in the second round.

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Six-Time Gold for the Netherlands at Fontainebleau

Chiara Reyer leads team-mates Mikka Rotha, Mick Haunhorst and Charlotte Hoing on their victory gallop after Germany won Children’s Team Jumping gold at the Longines FEI European Championships 2018 for Children/Juniors/Young Riders. (FEI/Łukasz Kowalski)

France scoops all four Eventing titles during a week of sensational sport

Young Dutch athletes proved the dominant force at the Longines FEI European Championships 2018 for Children, Juniors and Young Riders which drew to a close at Le Grand Parquet in Fontainebleau, France. However, the host nation claimed all the top honours in Eventing while Germany, Ireland, Great Britain, and Belgium also grabbed gold.

Children

The Dutch gold-rush began with victory in Children’s Team Dressage where Lilli van den Hoogen (Woodstock), Lara van Nek (Fariska), Sanne van der Pols (Excellentie) and Sanne Buijs (Happy Feet) pinned their German rivals into silver medal spot by a two-point margin while France claimed the bronze. Dutch Chef d’Equipe, Monique Peutz, said she felt “20 years older!” after the team competition, but there was plenty more to come. Underpinning the supremacy of The Netherlands side, the 13-year-olds Buijs and van Nek went on to clinch individual gold and silver, and it was the second year in a row for Buijs to take double-gold. Germany’s Kenya Schwierking (Dinos Boy) lined up third for bronze.

In Children’s Team Jumping it was Germany’s Charlotte Hoing (Bajala), Mikka Roth (Caboto), Mick Haunhorst (Conquest) and Chiara Reyer (Cederic) who reigned supreme, finishing on a four-fault total ahead of Ireland in silver medal spot with eight, and Belgium in bronze on 13 faults. And there were plenty of happy Irish faces when 14-year-old Rhys Williams literally cruised to gold medal spot in the individual classification with a foot-perfect run through three tough competitions with CES Cruson.

“Rhys showed nerves of steel. It was an exceptional performance from him all week,” said Irish team manager James Kernan. Germany’s Chiara Reyer and Henry Munsberg took silver and bronze following a jump-off for the remaining medals between all five athletes tied on a four-fault tally.

Juniors

The Dutch also had it all their way in Junior Dressage, with Milou Dees (Francesco), Kimberly Pap (Vloet Victory), Thalia Rockx (Golden Dancer), and Daphne van Paperstraten (Greenpoint’s Cupido) finishing with a three-point advantage over Germany in silver while Denmark clinched bronze. Taking the lead in the individual standings, van Peperstraten paid tribute to her country’s Eventing coach who passed away suddenly at the weekend.

“We started this championship with a lot of sadness after the death of Jan van Beek, but it brought the team together and made us strong, and we did our best to honour him today.” — Daphne van Paperstraten (NED)

And she went on to pin two of the German team members, Valentina Pistner (Flamboyant) and Romy Allard (Summer Rose), into Individual silver and bronze.

In Junior Jumping it was the Belgians who came out on top ahead of Great Britain in silver and Ireland in bronze. Thibault Philippaerts (Cataleya), Thibeau Spits (Jericho Dwerse), Alexander Housen (Galoubet Fravanca), and Simon Morssinkof (Vivolta de Gree) finished on the winning score of 14.55 points. Last to go, Morssinkhof was under pressure after Spits posted a 12-fault result. But even though he left a fence on the floor there was still an eight-fault margin between the new champions and the British silver medallists who were just over two points clear of the Irish.

And the Irish once again clinched the individual title thanks to a brilliant performance from Jason Foley who turns 17 next week. Silver went to Britain’s Oliver Fletcher (Disckoboy) and Belgium’s Morssinkof took the bronze.

It was in Eventing that the French really shone. Led by 17-year-old Anouk Canteloup (Daniel del Impermeable) who added nothing to her dressage score of 25.90 to also take the individual title, Julie Simonet (SursumcOrd’Or), Chiara Autin (Urban Legend Blues), and Zazie Gardeau (Udine Jolimon Beam) stormed to Junior Team success while Great Britain claimed silver medal spot and Germany stood third on the podium.

Britain’s Heidi Coy (Royal Fury) and Germany’s Brandon Schafer-Gehrau (Fraelein Frieda) also finished on their first-phase totals to take the silver and bronze Individual medals.

Young Riders

The Germans at last got the better of their Dutch rivals when lifting the Young Riders Dressage Team trophy, but only by another narrow margin. Lisa Weischof (Don Windsor), Alexa Westendarp (Four Seasons), Paulina Holzknecht (Wells Fargo), and Semmieke Rothenberger (Geisha) posted a final scoreline of 222.529 and the Dutch were close for silver medal spot on 221.410. Bronze went to Sweden on 212.792.

But The Netherlands’ Esmee Donkers set a new record in the Individual test with her lovely 11-year-old KWPN mare Chaina when scoring 77.294, her team-mate Febe van Zwambagt (FS Las Vegas) taking silver and Germany’s Welschof claiming the bronze. And Donkers then went on to post 80.500 to add the Freestyle title ahead of German team gold medallist Holzknecht in silver and Zwambagt in bronze.

It was double-gold in Young Riders Jumping for Britain’s Harry Charles who joined Graham Babes (Boucheron), William Fletcher (Persimmon), and Amy Inglis (Wishes) to finish well clear of Team Germany in silver and Denmark in bronze. “It’s awesome to win two years in a row!” said Chef d’Equipe Tony Newbery after his team’s success, but the good times were not over yet.

Because Charles got the perfect gift on his 19th birthday last Sunday when clinching the individual title ahead of Germany’s Cedric Wold (Cho Chang J) in silver and Austria’s Felix Koller (Captain Future) in bronze.

“I knew I had a chance, but my horse was really amazing! This is his third European Championships and he won his sixth medal today.” — Harry Charles (GBR)

When it came to Eventing the formidable French recorded another double-gold thanks to a phenomenal performance from 20-year-old Victor Levecque (Phunambule des Auges) who was joined by Romain Sans (Unetoile de la Serre), Thais Meheust (Quamilha), and Victor Burtin (Early van ter Nieuwbeke). When their nearest challengers from Germany disappeared from the reckoning it was Italy that lined up in Team silver medal spot while Sweden took bronze.

Levecque, double-gold medallist at the European Pony Championships four years ago, was in a league of his own when finishing on his dressage score of 26.00 to take the Individual Young Riders Eventing title ahead of Germany’s Emma Brussau in silver and Britain’s Alex Kennedy (Lissangle Cavaletto B) in bronze.

“Victor is a machine! He is our Kylian Mbappé!” said team-mate Burtin, comparing him to the young French soccer star who was such a sensation throughout the recent FIFA World Cup.

By Louise Parkes

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Jordan Coyle Races to Victory in Ottawa Speed Derby

Jordan Coyle and Mojo TSP. Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography.

Ottawa, Ontario –Ireland’s Jordan Coyle riding Mojo TSP blazed to victory in the $7,500 Speed Derby, presented by Millar Brooke Farm, on Sunday, July 15, to conclude the Ottawa National Horse Show at Wesley Clover Parks in Ottawa, ON.

When Coyle entered the grass ring midway through the 17-horse starting field, he was chasing the leading time of 83.30 seconds set by Kelly Soleau-Millar of Wellington, FL and Centre Ice, her 16-year-old grey Canadian-bred gelding.

Coyle and Mojo TSP, a nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Top Line Sporthorse International, bravely tackled the speed course set on Wesley Clover Parks’ grand prix field, which featured natural obstacles such as a steep bank and intimidating devil’s dyke. The pair left all the rails in place and raced through the timers in 80.18 seconds to move to the top of the leaderboard.

Kelley Robinson of Russell, ON riding Lise came the closest to catching Coyle’s time. They were fast, but not fast enough, settling for second place with a time of 82.97 seconds. Soleau-Millar’s time with Centre Ice held up for third place while 17-year-old Sam Walker of Nobleton, ON took fourth with a time of 83.77 seconds riding Laconia 7 after a four-second penalty was added to his time for a rail down. New Zealand’s Kirk Webby had the fastest time of the day, 77.72 seconds, but an eight-second penalty for a final time of 85.72 left him in fifth with The Irishman.

“I love going fast and speed derbies, especially when it’s four seconds added for each rail, give you a real chance to go fast,” said Coyle, 25, of the format that sees four seconds added to the rider’s time for each rail down.

While the Irish native has jumped numerous derbies in the past, it was the first time his mount had attempted a speed derby course.

“He’s very brave and nothing really fazes him,” said Coyle, who began riding Mojo TSP at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL earlier this year.  “He never did any schooling on the natural obstacles either, so I’m really happy with him today.”

Coyle is making his Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments debut and will continue competing in the nation’s capital during the CSI3* Ottawa International Horse Show, running July 18 to 22.

“Everything here has been great so far, and the field is perfect,” said Coyle, who hails from Northern Ireland.  “The grass here is as good as you’d get anywhere in the world.”

Speed continued to be the name of the game as horses and dogs then took the grass field for the entertaining $2,500 Canine-Equine Relay, presented by Royal LePage TEAM Realty. Horse and rider combinations negotiated a show jumping course before their canine partners from Dogz Canine Sports Centre in Nepean, ON tackled their own agility course.

Marcus Davis of Haliburton, ON riding Viekie and his canine partner, the Australian Shepherd Zuni, teamed up to post the winning time of 76.83 seconds. Finishing runner-up with a time of 79.88 seconds was Dutch competitor Frank Hendriks riding Nouvelle Bleue and his canine teammate, Stanley the Border Collie.  Third place went to Christine Carlsen of North York, ON riding Mise le Meas and Antic, an adorable Miniature American Shepherd, with a combined time of 80.80 seconds.

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Dutch Win against All Odds at Fabulous Falsterbo

Photo: Maikel van der Vleuten and IDI Utopia. (FEI/Satu Pirinen)

Fierce battle in thrilling four-way jump-off against Ireland, Sweden, and Italy

It wasn’t all smooth sailing as the Dutch swept to victory in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Sweden at Falsterbo (SWE). Reduced to a three-man team following first-round drama for Michel Hendrix (31) and Baileys, and only making the cut into the jump-off after a successful appeal against four faults at the water for Maikel van der Vleuten (30) and IDI Utopia in round two, it might well have been too much to hope for that it would all come right in the end.

But when you combine great leadership with passion and pride, and you add in the quality of a partnership like Johnny Pals (36) and his super-stallion Chat Botte du Ruisseau Z who produced no less than three spectacular clears, and the final one the quickest of all, then you have all the ingredients for an epic afternoon of sport.

You don’t get days like this too often, and even the Irish who finished second, the Swedes who lined up in third and the fourth-placed Italians couldn’t argue with that. It was a Nations Cup classic, with just fractions of seconds deciding the result.

“Today was an absolute thriller!” — Rob Ehrens (Rob Ehrens, Chef d’Equipe, Team Netherlands)

It was the triple combination at fence five that led to the withdrawal of The Netherlands’ Hendrix when Baileys stopped and then tipped off his rider when they tackled it again. The Irish, hot favourites to win after a spectacular week of success at the Swedish fixture, held the lead on a zero score at the halfway stage while the Dutch, Swedes and Italians lay close behind with four faults apiece.

When Bertram Allen’s Gin Chin van Het Lindenhof put a foot in the water second time out and then Mark McAuley’s Utchan de Belheme left a pole on the floor the Irish advantage began to slip, however. But clears from Daniel Coyle (Cita) and Paul O’Shea (Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu) steadied the ship and they went into a four-way jump-off with Italy, Sweden, and eventually The Netherlands, all on a two-round four-fault tally.

First against the clock was Italy’s Luca Marziani, setting the target when clear in 42.71 seconds with Tokyo du Soleil, but the Swedish crowd went wild with delight when their hero, Henrik von Eckermann, steered Toveks Mary Lou through the timers more than a second faster in 41.52. As Johnny Pals set off you could hear a pin drop. “Rob said – you go for it – so I went for it!” said the Dutchman whose fabulous chestnut stallion jumped like a cat to put a time of 39.33 on the board. Last man in, Ireland’s Daniel Coyle, gave it his best shot with Cita who broke the beam in 40.47 seconds for runner-up spot. But it was the Men in Orange, and the 2017 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ champions, who would stand top of the Falsterbo presentation podium for the second year in a row.

The exceptional team spirit of the Dutch has delivered a stream of success for many years now. Maikel van der Vleuten reflected that when he looked back on the story of the day and how it all fell into place. “Michel was a bit unlucky in the first round; his horse just wasn’t feeling it today but that’s why we are a team and we were still strong enough to do the job!” And as Jur Vrieling (48), who produced an all-important anchorman double-clear with VDL Glasgow v. Merelsnest NOP, pointed out, supporting your team-mates is at the core of Nations Cup Jumping. “I’ve had it before where I’ve gone wrong and others have helped, so I was happy today to be able to do my job this time around!”

And as for Johnny Pals, he couldn’t help but be thrilled with the sensational performance of his 10-year-old stallion who never looked like putting a foot wrong all day.

“His breeding is Casall and Darco and he’s the horse of a lifetime!” — Johnny Pals (NED)

“He has so much scope and so careful! I have him two years and at the beginning he was a bit strong but he always had a great mentality,” he said of the horse who seems to have unbounded enthusiasm for his job.

And what now for the Dutch who have moved into sixth place on the Europe Division 1 leaderboard which is still headed by Belgium? “We have two more legs at Hickstead and Dublin left… we are going to try to beat the Belgians and win the League!” Rob Ehrens said.

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Inside CHIO Aachen: A Sneak Peak

Niels Bruynseels at Knokke Hippique (Photo: Knokke Hippique)

The second Major of the year, the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen, takes place on 22nd July and is expected to attract over 40,000 spectators to witness the prestigious competition. The course, set by Frank Rothenberger, is considered to be one of the most challenging and demanding 5* tracks. The sport’s finest horse and rider partnerships are tested to their limits, displaying enviable skill and talent, striving to make history and to be crowned the Rolex Grand Prix champion.

Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping Rider Watch

With the world’s best horse and rider combinations set to take center stage for Rolex Grand Prix, there are some notable contenders whose recent performance would state they are on track for a Rolex Major win:

Niels Bruynseels, the current Rolex live contender, has continued his great form since producing a lightning jump-off round at The Dutch Masters aboard his 12-year-old mare Gancia de Muze in March. The notoriously fast duo took the top prize in the Rolex Grand Prix at Knokke Hippique following a speedy and faultless jump-off. With the next stage of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping very much in his sites, Bruynseels will be pulling out all the stops to make sure his Rolex Grand Slam journey continues.

One of the most experienced riders on the circuit, Swiss hero Steve Guerdat, has had a successful summer so far. His most notable victory was in front of HM The Queen at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May. Seeing off top-class competitors, Guerdat rode an impeccable round to snap up the Rolex Grand Prix victory. Guerdat is no stranger when it comes to winning Majors; crowned champion at CHI Geneva on more than one occasion, Guerdat stays calm under pressure and will certainly be a formidable contender for the Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen.

Fellow Rolex Testimonee, Eric Lamaze, has prepared well for the CHIO Aachen. At the Rolex Grand Prix in Windsor, he shaved time off Guerdat’s winning result, but a light touch on the pole resulted in four penalties. Fresh from his victory in the ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows with his 15-year-old mare, Fine Lady, Eric Lamaze will be hoping to continue his recent form as he eyes up the coveted Rolex Grand Prix trophy.

Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca is also looking strong, having won the Rolex Grand Prix in Rome (Piazza di Siena). De Luca and his chestnut gelding, Halifax Van Het Kluizebos, jumped two immaculate clear rounds, stopping the clock at 45.37 secs, making him one to watch.

Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum has tasted victory at CHIO Aachen once before, having won the Rolex Grand Prix in 2005 on her 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Shutterfly. Michaels-Beerbaum will have the patriotic home-crowd support, willing her to repeat her 2005 success thirteen years on.

Rolex Testimonee, Scott Brash, the first and only rider to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, brings a wealth of experience and always performs well under pressure.

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International Jumping of Dinard: D-22!

Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) and Ilex VP, winner of the Rolex Grand Prix of Dinard 2017. Photo: E. Knoll.

From 2nd au 5th August, the International Jumping of Dinard will place the best riders of the moment in the highlights.

Entirely decorated in pink, the green bower of the Val Porée stadium, along the Prieuré beach, will bring together about twenty nations, 150 riders and close to 300 horses among the elite of world showjumping. From the sand arena to the amphitheater of the grass arena, the 40 000 spectators expected over the four days will not miss a single moment of horse riding. 630 000 euros in total prize money and 24 international competitions form the program of the 2018 edition among which the Tropicana Derby on Saturday 4th August (4.30pm) and the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix (CSI 5*) on Sunday 5th August (2.30pm), as a grand finale!

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Olympian Ian Millar Opens Ottawa Horse Show with a Win

Ian Millar riding Ericson. Ben Radvanyi Photography.

Ottawa, Ontario – Ten-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar of Perth, ON kicked off the Ottawa National Horse Show by claiming the top two spots in the 1.35m Open Jumpers, presented by Omega Alpha, on Wednesday, July 11, at Wesley Clover Parks in the heart of Canada’s national capital.

Millar, aptly dubbed ‘Captain Canada’ by his fans, earned the win with a jump-off time of 37.88 seconds aboard Ericson, owned by Millar Brooke Farm, and he finished second riding another Millar Brooke Farm entry, Truman, with a jump-off time of 39.37 seconds.

Millar took over the rides on both Ericson and Truman for his daughter, Canadian Olympian Amy Millar, who is expecting her second child.  Ian will look to continue his success with both horses throughout the two weeks of top show jumping competition at Wesley Clover Parks, with the Ottawa National Horse Show continuing through July 15 followed by the CSI3* Ottawa International Horse Show from July 18-22.

“I’ve been enjoying Ericson immensely, but he’s just on loan,” said Ian of the nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion (Padinus x Iroko). “He’ll go back to Amy; she’s in really great shape, and we’re all very excited for her and looking forward to welcoming her new son next week. I know she can’t wait to get back to her horses, too.”

For Ian, competing and winning at Wesley Clover Parks is particularly special, as he has spent much of his career competing at the facility and has been instrumental in developing the Parks’ riding school program and on-site competitions.

“I grew up in this area,” explained Millar, 71, who is competing at the Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments alongside his son, Jonathon, and daughter-in-law, Kelly Soleau-Millar. “Now here we are in Ottawa, doing this and bringing top international competition to the city. It would not happen without the Matthews family and Wesley Clover Parks, and it’s an honour to be involved in it and to be able to say to our friends and neighbours, ‘hey, this is what we do all over the world; now you can come and see it right here in Ottawa!’”

Echoing similar sentiments was Lauren Hayes of Orangeville, ON who topped a 49-horse starting field to win Wednesday morning’s 1.25m Open Jumper competition aboard Faloma, an eight-year-old mare owned by Norman Amondsen. Hayes has been competing at Wesley Clover Parks “since the beginning,” and her family ran the horse show for four years prior to the Matthews family and the Wesley Clover Parks Foundation taking over the management in 2013.

“They’re doing a fabulous job,” said Hayes, 37, following her win over the track set by Canadian course designer Michel Vaillancourt. “The field is great; it’s always been a really nice field to jump on, and the atmosphere here is great. They incorporate the city and the spectators, and they really do a great job making it feel like a special horse show.”

As for her mount, Hayes explained, “I just got the ride on Faloma two weeks ago. She jumped great today. She was brave, and she walked right out there like she owned the place!”

Taking Wednesday’s final victory on the grass grand prix field to conclude a successful opening day of competition was Kerrigan Brown of King City, ON. She and her mount, Colibri, won the 1.30m/1.40m Junior/Amateur competition, presented by Flow Water.

“We’re very excited to be back for our fourth year of the Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments, and we’re off to a great start,” said Karen Sparks, Executive Director of Wesley Clover Parks. “We’ve made some infrastructure changes that I’m really excited about, and they’re being well received. We put in a new warm-up ring and we made some tweaks to the stabling area to make it even more comfortable for the horses on site.

“We also have CIBC Wood Gundy on board as a new sponsor for our $15,000 National Grand Prix next week which is really a lovely addition and a great way to end the horse shows,” continued Sparks. “We’ve got great weather, and we couldn’t be happier to have our tournaments underway!”

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Riders Are All Smiles after Successful Week at HITS Culpeper for Showday National

Photo Courtesy of ESI Photography.

Jennifer Brennan and Gavin Moylan Ride Away with Top Finishes in the Featured Hunter and Jumper Classes

Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation riders return to HITS Commonwealth Park for another week of USEF-Rated Show Jumping Competition. The Showday National featured over 400 classes, including qualifiers for the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League Finals and the HITS Championship, and of course the featured $20,000 ULCERGARD Open Prix. Riders would trot away with blue ribbons, championship titles, and smiles on their faces.

Professionals were ecstatic to be back at HITS Commonwealth Park to kick off the July Series. Ken Krome, USEF and FEI Course Designer and Judge, travelled from his farm in Westminster, Maryland to show at the Showday National in Culpeper, Virginia. Krome stated, “It was beautiful here this week. Rian Beals (Manager and Technical Coordinator) did a great job. The show grounds look the best it ever has, and the footing was tip top in every ring.” Krome had riders with top finishes in Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation classes. “From the schedule, to the in-gate staff to the office, everything ran smoothly and we’re looking forward to another great week,” Krome said, expressing his excitement for the show this week.

Ian Silitch, a well-known trainer and rider in Virginia, now based out of Ocala, Florida, said, “Culpeper really is a hidden gem! We came early this week, and everything was ready to go from the start. We could have started showing on Monday!” Silitch continued, “Coming to Culpeper always puts a smile on my face – it’s like coming home. The footing was perfect, the stabling is some of the best in the country, and the staff did a great job. The course designer got it just right on Sunday and [Rian] Beals has really taken the reins, and is always friendly and approachable.”

Randy Johnson, of Greener Pastures Equine in Clarksburg, Maryland, had a first and third place finish in the Junior/Amateur Jumper Classics on Sunday. Earlier in the week, he was reminiscing with Kristen Vale-Mosack, Show Office Manager, about their time showing here in the 1980s. “It was so nice to be in Culpeper this week, especially for those of us who feel like we grew up here!” he said.

In the Grand Prix Ring, riders jump-started the week with the $5,000 Open Welcome. Kicking the week off with a win was Melissa Runderhausen aboard CHARMEUR ASK in a time of 40.057. Finishing in second place would be Agustin Rosales aboard CAPELIUS S in a time of 41.865, followed by Shelly Zimmerli and her partner CHARDONAY HARAS DES BARRAGES in third with a time of 42.916. Taking home the white ribbon was Savannah Unger and FABIO TN, followed by Jennifer Brennan and MAC rounding out the top five.

Jumper riders joined us back in the Grand Prix Ring on Friday for the $10,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Prix where Cian McDermott and NEWCASTLE would add a win to their record. Mcdermott would fly to a first place finish, crossing the timers in 34.026. Ashley Foster would jump to second and fifth place finishes aboard LUMINOUS and DALIANTE M, respectively. Foster finished with her two equine partners in times of 34.403 and 37.072. Sarah Hubbard and GENIUS would claim the third place award in a time of 34.463. Returning to the Winners Circle and claiming the fourth place award in a time of 35.087 would be Brennan and MAC.

On Sunday, Jessica Rich and CAVALIER CLOVER BOY took home top honors in the $2,500 Jr./A-O/Am. 1.20m Jumper Classic in a time of 29.371.

In the $5,000 NAL Summit Joint Performance Jr./A-O/Am. 1.30m Jumper Classic, Randy Johnson and JADE VAN DE START would finish at the top of the standings in a time of 28.824.

Claiming top honors in the $7,500 Jr./A-O/Am. 1.40m Jumper Classic was Zimmerli and CHARDONAY HARAS DES BARRAGES in a time of 32.990.

A successful week in the Grand Prix Ring ended with the $20,000 ULCERGARD Open Prix. Three riders would return to the Jump-Off all in hopes of securing top honors in the featured class at the Showday National. All riders completed the Jump-Off with four-fault scores, meaning that the standings would be determined by who was the fastest. Brennan and MAC would soar to a first place finish in a time of 41.938. Following Brennan, in second place was Foster and LUMINOUS in a time of 44.252. Brian Murphy would round out the top three in a time of 49.212 aboard MIMMO T.Z. Not returning to the jump off but round out the top five would be Gavin Moylan and DON FERNANTES Z in fourth and Hubbard and LATINO VAN DE LOOISE HEIDE in fifth.

In the Hunter Rings, riders joined us for HITS Championship qualifying classes the $1,500 Devoucoux and $1,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix.

Moylan and STRING OF PEARLS would be victorious in the $1,500 Devoucoux Hunter Prix with scores of 87 and 84, for a two round total of 171. In second place, with a combined score of 169, was Riley Hogan and RONALDO scoring an 83 in Round One and 86 in Round Two. Foster and SUMMERLIN would be awarded third place with scores of 79 in Round One and 87 in Round Two, for an overall score of 166.

Junior and Amateur riders would join us for the $1,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix. Lydia Davidson and PARK AVENUE would secure first place with a score of 73 in the first round and an 86 in the second round for a combined score of 159. Jumping to a second place finish was Lilly Pollin and PURA VIDA, receiving scores of 74 and 80 in her two rounds for a combined score of 154. Rounding out the top three in the HITS Championship qualifier was Kathryn Piper Martin and ANDIAMO with an overall score of 148. Martin received scores of 70 in Round One and 78 in Round Two.

Taking home top honors in the Culpeper Equitation Classic was Lauren Miller. The Culpeper Equitation Classic is open to both Junior and Amateur riders and is held at both 3′ and 3’6″. It offers riders a unique opportunity to compete together in an interesting format, and as the featured class in the Grand Prix Ring on Saturday afternoon, it is a great opportunity for riders to gain experience showing in the spotlight. Miller received a score of 78 to secure top honors in the Culpeper Equitation Classic. Riley Hogan placed second with a score of 74 and Natalie Tezsla placed third with a score of 70.

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Eric Lamaze Wins $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5. Photo by Starting Gate Communications.

Calgary, Alberta – Three-time Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 won the $500,000 ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday, July 7, at the CSI5* Spruce Meadows ‘North American’ tournament, presented by Rolex, in Calgary, AB.

The victory marked the third one of the week for Lamaze and the second for Fine Lady 5, a 15-year-old Hanoverian mare (Forsyth x Drosselklang II) owned by Andy and Carlene Ziegler’s Artisan Farms and Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable.  Having won Thursday evening’s demanding $131,600 1.55m Progress Energy Cup, the pair was poised for another win.  They did not disappoint their legion of fans and were the only horse-rider combination to successfully jump the two-round track set by Spanish course designer Santiago Varela without fault.

“I really respect this fantastic mare,” said Lamaze of his 2016 Olympic individual bronze medal partner.  “She gives me everything she has and really understands the competition.  We had a few rattles in the first round, and it made her that much better for the second round.”

Eight riders jumped clear in the first round, but Lamaze was the first to repeat his faultless performance in the second round.  There was only one competitor still to come who could potentially match his clear scorecard to force a jump-off, the formidable Kent Farrington of the United States aboard Creedance.  When a rail fell, the cheer went up from the crowd for a Canadian victory.

“It really begins in the second round,” Lamaze said of the format that sees the top 12 riders following the opening round of competition move forward, carrying their faults with them.  “I’m not going to lie; I wasn’t happy with who was coming behind me!  Fortunately, I was sitting on my best horse with the most experience.  I know this arena very well; I’ve jumped in it many times, and that gives you an advantage when it comes to the second round.”

Currently ranked number four in the World Rider Rankings, Lamaze’s win in the $500,000 ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup capped a tremendous four weeks of competition comprising the Spruce Meadows ‘Summer Series’.  The 2008 Olympic champion claimed no fewer than six victories with four different horses, namely Fine Lady 5, Chacco Kid, Chesney, and Saura de Fondombe.

“It’s a long, grueling four weeks of competition but every win at Spruce Meadows in the International Ring is special to me,” said Lamaze, 50, who is the all-time leading money winner at the renowned Calgary show jumping venue with earnings in excess of $5.6 million.  “Spruce Meadows makes great riders and horses.  I will never change my mind on that.”

Lamaze, who divides his time between training bases in Wellington, FL and Brussels, Belgium, said, “Every sport in the world is about confidence.  Any win at a five-star competition with these types of jumps does tremendous things for your confidence.  My next show with Fine Lady is Aachen (Germany), and I’ll be able to walk in there carrying this confidence.”

The 2018 edition of CSIO5* Aachen runs from July 17 to 22.  Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 are the defending champions of the €100,000 Turkish Airlines Prize of Europe, having won the past two years in a row.

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ASPCA Maclay Championship Regional Qualifiers Rapidly Approaching

Lexington, KY – July 3, 2017 – With the horse shows well underway, the all-important regional qualifiers for the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Championship is rapidly approaching.

The ASPCA Maclay National Championship, to be held this year November 4 in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, is one of the most prestigious equitation championships in history. Past winners include some of the biggest names in the equestrian sport, including William Steinkraus (1941), Frank Chapot (1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr Howard (1972) and Nicole Shahinian Simpson (1992). Equestrians from all around the country prepare year-round for this highly anticipated event, and the NHS has officially announced the 2018 dates and locations for each of the eight regional qualifying competitions.

Both ASPCA Maclay Regionals for Region 1 (Northeast – CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) and Region 2 (East – NJ, NY, PA) will be held at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York Saturday, September 22, 2018. For further details, 914-669-5610 or mary@mmg.management.com.

Region 3 (Southeast – AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV) Sunday, September 23, 2018. Southeast Fall Classic Horse Show in Tampa, Florida. For further details, 407-619-0891 or devita124@aol.com.

Region 4 (Midwest – IL, IN, KY, MI, OH) Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. For further details, 615-838-7560 or wldwoo@aol.com.

Region 5 (Central – IA, KS, LA, MO, MN, ND, NE, OK, SD, TX, WI) Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the St. Louis Charity Horse Show in Lake St. Louis, Missouri. For further details, 314-308-1162 or stlnchorseshow@aol.com.

Region 6 (Mountain – AZ, CO, NM, UT) Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO. For further details, 303-841-5550 or email mmaybank@coloradohorsepark.com.

Region 7 (Northwest – AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY) Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the The Northwest Autumn Classic in Monroe, Washington. For further details, 360-805-6711 or DIANJNSN@aol.com.

Region 8 (West – CA, HI, NV) Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Blenheim Fall Tournament in San Juan Capistrano. For details, 949-443-1841 or showpark@aol.com.

Entries for the Regional Maclay Championship classes will close, and must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern time September 1, 2018, at the NHSAA’s office.  If you wish to change your region, you must notify the NHS in writing by August 15, 2018, using the official form provided by the NHSAA that can be found at www.nhs.org.